ADO.NET is Microsoft's latest data access technology and, as an integral part of the .NET Framework, is far more than just an ADO upgrade. ADO.NET provides an extensive set of .NET classes that facilitate efficient access to data in a large variety of sources, enable sophisticated manipulation and sorting of data, and form an important framework within which to implement inter-application communication.
This book provides a comprehensive guide to using ADO.NET, with plenty of practical code examples and extensive technical information. Whether you're developing web applications using ASP.NET, Windows Forms applications, or XML Web Services, this book will show you how to use .NET's data access technology to maximum effect. Along the way, it looks at:
* Understanding the architecture of the ADO.NET data providers
* Reading and writing data with data readers, data adapters and DataSets
* Making development safer with XML Schemas and strongly typed DataSets
* Defining constraints on and relationships between your data
* Using ADO.NET's built-in support for transactional processing
* Optimizing the performance and security of your ADO.NET applications
* Developing your own data provider for a custom data source
From the Publisher
If you're already developing applications within the .NET Framework, or you have experience of developing data-driven applications with ADO and wish to make the transition to .NET, then this book is for you. It is aimed at fairly experienced programmers, and is not intended for the hobbyist or the beginner.
This book is an extensive revision of "Professional ADO.NET Programming", which was published in November 2001 (ISBN 1-861005-27-X). It is fully compliant with release version of .NET and contains Visual Basic .NET code.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:ELABORATE AND CONSTRUCTIVE, January 26, 2003
The book has a consistent practical approach to issues. It is full of grounded information, which would ensure that programmers execute their tasks with unflinching confidence.
This book has a result-oriented outlook. Its authoritative analyses of cross-platform programming issues are flawless. All the important classes, (DataSets, DataAdapters, e.t.c.), which constitute ADO.NET received generous attention. However, all these expanded ADO.NET tutorials came at the expense of VB.NET, whose underlying parameters received little attention. Still, this is a valuable book to have.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful:Comprehensive Coverage, January 7, 2003
Reviewer: A reader
This book is typical Wrox: it offers a comprehensive coverage of the subject in a very easy to follow fashion. It starts with several chapters covering the core ADO.NET classes - DataReaders, DataAdapters, DataSets. As the ADO.NET DataSet is a class with very rich features, this book discusses each facet of it - from the ADO Recordset-like generic disconnected in-memory data presentation with constraints, relationships to strongly typed DataSet, and finally to the built-in support of XML. The later chapters then introduces advanced features such as web services, SQL Server XML support, Performance, Security, etc.
A minor inconsistency is that some examples in the book use Console Application interface, while most others use Windows Application, perhaps reflecting the fact of this being a multi-author book. But as far as learning ADO.NET is concerned, this is really not a issue.
Oh, if you already owns its predecessor - Professional ADO.NET, which is written with C#, you might want to keep it and skip this one because it's mostly the same contents in different language (VB.NET). But if you haven't got either, it's definitely worth a very close look at this title.